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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

3 years

prolongation up to 3 years

Study 100 % online

enjoy the advantages of distance learning

About the PhD

The purpose of a PhD programme is multifaceted, encompassing the advancement of knowledge, the development of research expertise, and the preparation of individuals for a variety of professional careers.

Our PhD programme aims to contribute to the body of knowledge in a specific field by encouraging you to conduct original and significant research. You will learn how to promote the development of new theories, methodologies, and technologies that can advance the discipline and address complex problems.

You will be equipped with advanced research skills, including experimental design, data collection and analysis, and the use of specialized tools and techniques. The programme will foster your ability to critically evaluate existing research, identify gaps in knowledge, and develop innovative solutions. In addition, you will be trained to effectively communicate your research findings through academic writing, presentations, and publications.

Why should you do a PhD?

A PhD provides opportunities for teaching and mentoring undergraduate or master’s students and facilitates connections with other scholars, researchers, and institutions through conferences, workshops, and collaborative projects.

If you prefer a career outside the academic sector, a PhD offers in-depth expertise that is valuable in various professional contexts, including industry, government, and non-profit organizations. It will encourage the development of independent thinking and your ability to pursue self-directed research.

Our PhD program is designed for:

  • Aspiring Academics: Those who are passionate about teaching, research, and contributing to the academic community.
  • Industry Innovators: Professionals seeking to enhance their expertise and drive innovation in their respective fields.
  • Government and Policy Makers: Individuals aiming to influence public policy and contribute to evidence-based decision-making.
  • Ambitious Graduates: Talented individuals who have recently completed their master’s degree and are eager to pursue advanced research.


You can apply for a PhD programme in the following disciplines:

  • Business, Administration and Law
  • Education
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Services
  • Social Sciences, Journalism and Information

If you are driven by curiosity, passion, and a desire to make a lasting impact, our PhD program  is the perfect place for you. Embrace this unique opportunity to advance your knowledge, contribute to society, and achieve your academic and professional goals.

MFHEA Licence Number: 2023-010


Entry Requirements for the PhD

The examination board decides on admission.

Previous education requirement:

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent qualification (e.g. former German university diploma) obtained from a recognized college/Institute/University in Social Sciences, Business and Economics (depending on the field of study the learner chooses to focus).


  • A four years’ Bachelor’s degree obtained at First Class Honours or at Second Class Honours (Upper Division) or equivalent qualification (e.g. the former German university of applied sciences diploma) obtained from a recognized college/Institute/University in Social Sciences, Business and Economics (depending on the field of study the learner chooses to focus).

Work experience:

  • At least two years of relevant work and/or research experience at the beginning of studies.

Language requirements for the PhD in German:

  • A certificate that prooves their mastery of the German language at the level of C1 of CEFR.


  • A university degree of a programme delivered in German language.

Language requirements for the PhD in English:

  • A certificate that proves their mastery of the English language at the level of C1 of CEFR (IELTS of 7.0 or TOEFL ibt of 94).


  • A university degree of a programme delivered in English language.


How could I apply for recognition of prior learning?

If you have already completed comparable coursework in an accredited doctoral programme  at another recognized university, recognition is possible in principle. For the credit check, please send us a grade overview of the achievements and a module handbook by e-mail. Please note the guidelines and the procedure for the recognition of prior learning (RPL).


What will be the content of your study?

Year 1: Induction Session and Doctoral Seminar I

Induction Session

The programme starts with an induction session outlining the structure and the targets of the programme. During the induction session students are also made familiar with the requirements for ethical practices in research and introduced to the UIS policy and standards on ethical practices. (1 day, online)

Doctoral Seminar I

A structured process is used to guide you through the research process. At the beginning, you take part in intensive research methods and skills training, so that you have the tools and frameworks to start your research. (3 days, online)


Mode of Assessment:

  • Extended research proposal including research topic, research question, research targets, and the state of research; to be submitted after Doctoral Seminar I and by the end of year 1; 7,000 – 8,000 words

Year 2: Doctoral Seminar II

Research Design & Methodology

This seminar is a synchronous online event for all PhD students in semester 3 (or higher, if extensions are granted). You will present your research proposal and your research methodology to the supervision team and your peers. After the presentation, you will get feedback from the supervision team and your peers.


Mode of Assessment:

  • Submission of the research design and methodology (5,000 – 6,000 words)
  • 20 minutes presentation, followed by Q&A, during Doctoral Seminar II

Year 3: Completion of PhD Thesis

First Draft of the PhD Thesis

You will submit a first draft of the thesis after semester 5. If you are not able to submit your thesis on time, can apply for an extension of up to 12 months.


Mode of Assessment:

  • Draft Thesis (max. 100,000 words, roughly 300 pages in length)

Final Version of PhD Thesis and Viva Voce

The final version of the thesis has to be submitted after year 3, taking into account potential extensions granted before, which might add up to one year.

If the thesis is marked satisfactory, you will be invited to present and defend your thesis in the viva voce.

Mode of Assessment:

  • Thesis (max. 100,000 words, roughly 300 pages in length)
  • Viva Voce (45-minute presentation, followed by a 45-60 minute discussion with the examiners


How many semesters is the duration of the programme?

The PhD programme comprises a total of six semesters (3 years).

Extensions of the study time are available on request. The maximum period of study is 6 years.

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